I have been featuring articles written by John Pierce the past few weeks, so I would like to introduce you to John if you don't already know his story. Most of these articles appeared in the early 1990's in the Chariton Leader Newspaper. If you would like to read more of these stories of early Lucas County, you can do so at the Lucas County Genealogical Society room in the lower level of the Chariton Public Library on Braden St. in Chariton, Iowa. Ask for the book "Chariton - The Early Years" by John Pierce.
John Pierce, who lives in rural Marion County between Chariton and Columbia, has been a history buff since his high school days.
Born in Chariton, John has compiled an extensive collection of historical information on the Chariton area. He also has direct family ties to the Lucas County Historical Society; his mother, Marlene Stevenson, was the curator.
He has given talks on local history to various area groups.